Backcountry gear is scarce as skiers hedge against another interrupted downhill season

Sam Wheelock, of Golden, from left, Kelly Dohn, and Jazz Allen-Perkal skin uphill in the backcountry on Friday March, 20, 2020, near Georgetown, CO. Much more snowboarders and skiers are going with uphilling devices to keep snowboarding in the backcountry and on ski resorts without chairlifts running. Hugh Carey, Special to The Colorado Sun
Sarah Hay appeared in Aspen in March, simply to find resorts dormant. She attempted raising Aspen Mountain with her snowboard, nevertheless didnt make it far.This season, shes ready.She was at the Cripple Creek Backcountry equipment shopin Aspen Highlands simply recently when she heard the manager state they were down to simply one splitboard, a snowboard that divides into 2 broad skis for skinning uphill.”He said it more than likely wasnt going to be around for long and I just took out my charge card,”said Hay, whois arranged to take an avalanche security course prior to venturing out on her Jones Dreamcatcher splitboard.”I simply feel fortunate I had the ability to get an established. Its my insurance coverage. Simply in case everything goes to s *** once again, Im exceptionally psyched to have a method to head out and have a look at the mountains.”Uphilling novices like Hay– who related to Aspen from Amsterdam– are driving incredible advancement in backcountry sales this fall and early winter. Early sales figures from The NPD Group, which tracks retail sales from 600,000 shops and websites, expose backcountry sales from August through October pacing 76 %ahead of the same period last year. Sales of snowshoes, split boards, Nordic skis, backcountry gadgets and alpine touring equipment in the really first three months of the winter season buying season have already eclipsed overall sales from the 2019-20 ski season.Read more through The Colorado Sun.The Colorado Sun is a reader-supported news company dedicated to covering people, places and policies that matter in Colorado.Find out more, register for free newsletters and subscribe at